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Misa Rodríguez and Oihane Hernández go away the resort in the direction of Barajas airport, already centered on the national team.INMA FLORES

A extra uncomfortable announcement of a squad checklist can’t be remembered in Las Rozas. Never have athletes acquired the name from the national team with a lot bitterness. Not even some soccer players confirmed as much as the appointment with the national team with such lengthy faces.

The overwhelming majority of the Spanish team players didn’t wish to focus. Neither in Madrid, the place some began, nor in Oliva, the place all of them met final night time in a last-minute change of plans that distanced them from the media focus of Las Rozas, but additionally from these federation leaders with whom they don’t wish to deal once more since The Rubiales case broke out, since the former president kissed ahead Jenni Hermoso with out consent and nobody inside the Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) gave the participant the minimal area for cover.

The 23 players known as up, 19 of whom had signed a press release demanding structural modifications in the federation earlier than placing on the purple once more, weren’t in the temper. But they responded. All, besides Esther González, Gotham participant (USA), who was out on account of harm. The first to reach had been those that got here from Madrid, the final had been those that landed from Barcelona, ​​and late, at the Manises airport, together with two of the most belligerent with the federation: Patri Guijarro and Mapi León, who didn’t chew the bullet. language by assuming that she was “forced” to journey.

She and all of them confirmed up for the appointment after feeling deceived and betrayed (once more), compelled by circumstances: by a federation that treats them like capricious ladies and has not assumed {that a} facelift and a few guarantees should not sufficient for them. you might be lazy to belief those that have already lied to you earlier than; by a coach who made public opinion imagine for a couple of moments that she had spoken and agreed with them on the suitability of getting into the name; by some political representatives who the night time earlier than threatened to use the regulation – financial sanctions of between 3,000 and 30,000 euros and the loss of license for a interval of between 2 and 15 years are contemplated – if the players didn’t fulfill their dedication to the team national.

They had clearly mentioned that they didn’t wish to be summoned. And to make issues worse, the just one who was not included on the checklist was Jenni Hermoso. “To protect her,” mentioned the new national coach, Montse Tomé, after stating that she had spoken together with her — “We are with Jenni in everything,” she declared — and implying that her absence was consensual. Lie. “To protect myself from what or who?” The soccer participant responded from Mexico, the place she performs. It was one of many different lies or half-truths in the coach’s first public look, which was Jorge Vilda’s second for 5 years, now dismissed and accused of his friendship with Rubiales.

Tomé’s speech on Monday, in which he resorted to pleasant ideas, tailored the tone to the circumstances and alluded to a change in stage, hid many traps. As quickly as his press convention ended, what appeared like a change in kinds was found to be easy make-up. He spoke of empathy, of the significance of communication, of an expert and bold work environment. But he had not chatted with the players, no less than not with all of them, nor had he listened to them. He had not addressed his discomfort or his want to not return till he felt in a secure work surroundings. It was licensed by the president of the CSD himself, Víctor Francos, after the first conversations with the footballers. “They are wrong. I have seen sadness, regret and tiredness; no resentment, no bad manners. Some player has told me that she is not mentally well. They are tired,” he mentioned in statements to La Sexta.

And he added: “What cannot continue to exist in the federation are behaviors that worry the players and make them afraid. “They don’t finish saying everything because they are afraid of what might happen.” Francos thus alluded, although without giving details, to the threats arising from the federation that those whom they point out as instigators and main actors of the coercion of Hermoso, those whom they want out before continuing to play with the national team, would file a complaint. against the players for defamation. Francos pointed out, without giving his own names, Andreu Camps, general secretary of the RFEF and at one time the right hand of Rubiales, the federation’s strategist, whom the World Cup players fear for their ways and who they believe is also responsible for the first list of Tomé, the latest installment in this complex story full of accusations and betrayals since a year ago 15 athletes promoted a movement to resign from the Spanish women’s soccer team in a frustrated attempt to promote a structural reform of the body that governs Spanish soccer. A year later they have insisted on achieving it.

This new refusal of the players to be called up is explained by the open crisis since former president Luis Rubiales planted a kiss on Jenni Hermoso’s mouth in the middle of the World Cup celebrations. But it also has a lot to do with the immobility and inability of the federation to accept that the footballers and society demand to shake the foundations of a federation governed in a caciquil manner by the territorial leaders, determined to perpetuate their status quo rather than responding to the demands of athletes. Since the Rubiales case, hardly the former president himself, who resigned three weeks later, and the former coach, Jorge Vilda, have left the RFEF, but none of the federation officials whom the footballers point out for their behavior have fallen, those whom They accuse Hermoso of coercion, pressure and sexist ways.

Francos also referred to this: “I have already told Pedro Rocha [presidente interino] that if there are no deep and structural changes there will not be a good solution to this conflict. I can’t speak more clearly. The change that has begun has no turning back.” And with that dedication he sat at the desk with the soccer players – the assembly lasted till after eleven at night time – whom he needed to persuade not to surrender taking part in whereas work continues on a transforming of the RFEF.

The instance of Carlos Alcaraz

Víctor Francos, established as a mediator in the battle between the Spanish Football Federation and the national team’s players, met upon his arrival in Oliva first with the new national team coach, Montse Tomé, after which, as soon as the group was full, with the players, whom he listened to and assured profound modifications in the federation. Even earlier than touring to Valencia, Francos had already defined that he hoped to persuade Tomé to cancel the name of these players who didn’t wish to journey to Gothenburg (Sweden) for Friday’s Nations League match in opposition to Sweden. That approach they’d not be uncovered to a monetary penalty and loss of federation license.

The CSD took as a latest instance the departure from the Davis Cup team of tennis participant Carlos Alcaraz, who mentioned he didn’t really feel match to compete in the qualifying rounds with Spain after shedding in the semifinals of the US Open. David Ferrer, captain of the Davis, instantly eliminated him from the checklist with none battle.

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